Arabia backs terror fight
11, 2002 Posted:
6:07 PM EDT (2207 GMT
Arabia (CNN) -- Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah has
written to U.S. President George W. Bush giving
his country's "sincere condolences and
sympathy" for the September 11 attacks.
In the letter, released on Tuesday and addressed
to the American people, the prince says Saudi
Arabia is also prepared to do its
"utmost" to combat terrorism.
In the two-page letter, he said he would never
forget the carnage and suffering caused by the
terrorist attacks, and how the country's response
proved America's strength.
He also expressed "great pain" that 15
of the 19 hijackers were Saudi citizens, saying
they were persuaded to turn against the principles
of their Muslim faith in carrying out the
He wrote: "It was the perverted hope of the
perpetrators of this heinous crime that they could
bring humiliation to and terrorise the American
"But the brave people of the United States of
America, whose greatness lies in the strength of
its brave sons and daughters in facing adversity,
and which is enriched by their remarkable
achievements, all of this will make them ever
stronger than the designs of the
Saudi Arabia is being sued by families of victims
of the September 11 attacks who say members of the
royal family paid protection money to Osama bin
Laden's al Qaeda terrorist network to keep it from
carrying out attacks on Saudi soil.
The foreign policy adviser to the crown prince,
Adel Al-Jubeir, has denied the claims.
In his letter, the crown prince praised America
for gaining resolve and standing strong instead of
being victimised by terrorism -- which he called
He added: "We in Saudi Arabia felt an
especially great pain at the realisation that a
number of young Saudi citizens had been enticed
and deluded and their reasoning subverted to the
degree of denying the tolerance that their
religion embraced, and turning their backs on the
homeland, which has always stood for understanding
He said the terrorists allowed themselves to
"be used as a tool to do great damage to
Islam" and wanted to hurt the relationship
between Saudi Arabia and the U.S.
"I would like to make it clear that true
Muslims all over the world will never allow a
minority of deviant extremists to speak in the
name of Islam and distort its spirit of
tolerance," he said.
"We, like you, are convinced that nothing can
ever justify the shedding of innocent blood or the
taking of lives and the terrorising of people,
regardless of whatever cause or
He ended the letter by wishing for a "new
world" that enjoys freedom, peace,
prosperity, and harmony.
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